01. October 2017

Tanzania and Romania: sustainability of ICAR's Train-the-Trainer programmes

Sustainable capacity building at a national level is a key activity of the Basel Institute's International Centre for Asset Recovery. Train-the-Trainer (TTT) programmes play an important role in the process. Between January and September 2017, ICAR experts delivered a series of practical training workshops on Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery in Tanzania to nearly 100 investigators and prosecutors, four of which were also trained to become certified trainers. These certified local trainers are now ready to conduct training workshops independently and are planning to do so early in 2018, thus ensuring the programme’s sustainability.

This TTT programme was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) through the Swiss Embassy in Tanzania. It consisted of four workshops and targeted an audience from the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Zanzibar Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Authority (ZAECA) and the Tanzanian Police Force. 

A similar TTT programme on Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery is currently being rolled out in Romania for the Ministry of Justice's National Office for National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets (ANABI). Six potential trainers have been identified and are in the process of getting familiarised with ICAR’s training methodology, already delivering first presentations themselves under the guidance of ICAR experts. Through the use of a simulated practical exercise, the ICAR team mentored the selected trainers in the application of the Case Study Method to enhance investigative and prosecutorial capacity amongst their peers and to encourage learning. The final workshop is scheduled for the end of October 2017 and will be conducted in its entirety by the six selected trainers and monitored by the ICAR's Head of Training.